The Lost Mother of Ireland by Susanne O’Leary / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @susl

Starlight Cottages #6

When Laura inherits a small cottage from a friend who was like a mother to her, she wonders whether this could be the new beginning she’s been searching for. Although she’s never been to the village of Sandy Cove on the west coast of Ireland, her friend described it as on the edge of the sparkling blue sea, with sandy white beaches. Could this be the fresh start she needs to ease her heartache?During her first walk on the beach, Laura meets Gino, a handsome local who instantly charms her with his sparkling eyes and gorgeous smile. Laura finds herself attracted to him as he tells her about his life and his love for Sandy Cove. And, as they spend more time together, the pair begin to grow closer.But just as Laura begins to settle into village life, her friend’s son disputes his mother’s will. But what he doesn’t know is that Laura hasn’t just inherited the cottage from her, she’s also been given a very valuable heirloom – one that tells the story of a forbidden love, a long-forgotten family secret and a bond between a mother and daughter that could not be broken…Just as Laura begins to solve the mystery behind the painting, everything she thought she knew about Gino changes in a heartbeat when she discovers that he might have already given his heart away to someone else. Is their love story over before it ever truly began?And when Laura uncovers the truth behind her inheritance, she is left wondering whether the family secret should have remained forgotten. When the dust settles from her discovery, will she be able to rebuild her life in Sandy Cove with the one man she truly loves?




The author has taken us back for the 6th time already to the Starlight Cottages in Ireland. The stories she creates are always filled with romance, but there is also always a deeper meaning. There is always a happy ending, but rest assured the books are never too sweet. Of course it’s fiction, but there is some history involved sometimes as well and there are scenes that are very real. And if you are looking for the love of your life, you should travel to Sandy Cove. Is it something in the water or in the air? I honestly don’t know but there are only happy people in that village. 🙂

Taking care of older people can be just that. A job. Nothing more, nothing less. But some carers genuinely love their clients and often become firm friends. The clients do appreciate that extra touch and sometimes they leave a gift after they passed away.

It makes the dark days filled with grief easier to bear and even though someone is not very happy with they way things are going, you decide to fight.

Sandy Cove is the place to be when you are a bit down. The villagers open their arms to newcomers and treat them like family. It’s the place to recover from whatever you have to recover from. Once you arrive there, you just don’t want to leave anymore.

Another heartwarming story in this lovely series. 5 stars 

Thank you


About the author

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.


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